In our 7th year serving the Upper Peninsula, we reflect with love and appreciation on the way our community has become more connected & empowered year after year. Enough Pie spent this year working on our annual AWAKENING: NOURISH, creatively shining a light on nourishing ways we come together to strengthen the fabric of our community.
This year, we activated Enough Pie’s BUTTERFLY BOOK NOOK at 1020 King Street with ongoing events in the free public garden. Throughout the fall, we hosted a weekly Soup + Storytelling. We held bi-monthly gardening days and created a teacher’s manual to provide an interactive teaching experience with the native plants featured in the garden. And we celebrated the culmination of Awakening: NOURISH in a big (hot!) Memorial Day Celebration with friends & neighbors. All of these works were in partnership with community members, First African Child Development Center, North Central Neighborhood Association, Stone Soup Collective, and the John L. Dart Library.
The history of Charleston rarely includes anecdotes and perspectives from every community. TALES FROM THE MANOR is a weekly radio show on Ohm Radio 96.3 that interviews the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor, low-income elderly and disabled housing, to share their memories of growing up in Charleston, while attaching these memories to their favorite song. Topics span every corner of Charleston’s social, political, and economic history, both heartbreaking and hopeful. Season 1 culminated in celebration with a dance party and live artwork by KOLPEACE, now on display in the entry of Joseph Floyd Manor. We begin recording Season 2 in September - stay tuned!
We collaborated with over 200 community members, including teachers & students at James Simons Elementary, for THE FUNGUS AMONG US, a project led by artist Naoko Wowsuki over an 8 month period. This multi-faceted project included a student curriculum about mycelium, knitting projects with local artists, and a 10 day installation at REDUX. The installation featured a meditational mushroom planetarium, a community mapping project, a mushroom dance class and collaborator panel discussions. The project illustrated that as a community, we are all connected, much like the strands of mycelium beneath all of our feet.
Building on last year’s AWAKENING: MOTION, we re-painted 14 CREATIVE CROSSWALKS on Upper King Street with neighbors, artists and volunteers. The streets are vibrant, colorful and joyfully invite pedestrians to cross the street while encouraging drivers to slow down.
And we had broke bread together at TRANSFORMATION TABLE, hosted in neighborhood homes in the Upper Peninsula. These dinners helped bring intimate conversation and global food together, transforming our connections and experiences bite-by-bite.
We partnered with local projects like FREE VERSE to put nourishing poetry in restaurants across the Upper Peninsula; Santi’s for their first mural; Green Hearts on their annual Harvest Dinner; Sanders-Clyde Elementary School & Charleston Promise Neighborhood to build a 25 foot puppet, PROMISE THE DRAGON.
Always conscious of civic engagement, EP advocated for and is currently co-writing a public arts policy proposal for the City of Charleston as part of a subcommittee for the Commission on Arts. Our work has been extensive as we engaged and are managing a team of Morehead-Cain scholars from UNC-Chapel Hill to research other city policies and best practices to create an exceptional model for Charleston to adopt so that public art can grow and thrive. We hope to see this policy in action by early 2020.
We are deeply honored to do this work, and we are constantly striving to create new connections and opportunities to collaborate and use creativity to empower our community. We are hard at work preparing for next year’s theme (inspired by this article): AWAKENING 8: WEAVERS. Next year's AWAKENING, beginning officially in September 2019, will support existing and up-and-coming community weavers - people, projects & organizations who are living into the change we hope to see in the world every day and could benefit from some support to take their efforts to the next level. We hope you will nominate a WEAVER in your world!
Enough Pie will joyfully continue our efforts to make the mundane magical, to use creativity to spark initiative and to highlight and support the neighbors who are rolling up their sleeves to do the work. Talk is important, but action is paramount.
Cathryn Davis, Executive Director
Shanequa Singletary, Deputy Director
Bennett Jones, Community Manager
Extra special thanks to the AWAKENING: NOURISH Steering Committee:
Jesse Blom, Green Hearts
Cara Earnst, James Simons Elementary
Jenny Horne, Stantec
Radia Heyward, Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Renee Orth, Stone Soup Collective
Tina Singleton, Transformation Table